Oklahoma Family Tested For Coronavirus (COVID-19) Still Waiting For Results
An Oklahoma Family said they have been waiting almost a week now for results from their coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.
On Monday, the Oklahoma Health Department reported the results of just 39 people who had been tested. But the governor’s Solution’s Task Force hopes to dramatically increase those numbers in order to get a better grasp on the virus’s spread.
The Armstrong’s have been in quarantine for over a week. Bryan Armstrong said he started feeling sick over a week and a half ago.
“I started feeling really bad, felt really feverish it’s almost like overnight my throat went really dry and I had a really, dry unproductive cough,” he explained.
Shortly after that, his oldest son started running a fever and soon their whole family was sick. They called their doctor on Monday, was screened for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning and tested Tuesday afternoon. And that’s the last thing they heard.
“It’s a little maddening. It gets to be a little stir crazy,” said Melissa Armstrong.
Bryan said they all have underlying health conditions that suppresses their immunity. So, he questions why it’s taking so long.
“They emailed me and said your tests got shipped out of state, I’m like wait a minute.”
The governor has announced four mobile testing sites across the state and said testing at OU and OSU should be up and running by the end of the week.
“If our labs are running at maximum capacity we will be able to test an additional 10,000 Oklahomans,” Secretary of Science and Innovation Dr. Kaye’s Shrum said.
The Armstrong family meanwhile continues to wait.
“My attitude has change a great deal. I was one of the ones saying this is a big gigantic over-reaction,” he said. “And now it hits close to home,” added Melissa.
As far as where those mobile testing sites will go, a spokesperson for the governor’s office said they are still evaluating data to see where they are most needed.